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The Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development (MEMD) is concerned with matters such as energy policy, investments in power sector , the establishment of new power generating infrastructure using hydro power, thermal power, solar power and nuclear power. The main policy goal of the Energy sector has been set as: “To meet the Energy needs of Uganda’s population for social and economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner”. MEMD therefore is responsible for the sector, dealing specifically with Energy policy formulation, implementation and monitoring.

Ministry Finance, Planning and Economic Development
The Ministry plays a pivotal role in the co-ordination of development planning, mobilisation of public resources, and ensuring effective accountability for the use of such resources for the benefit of all Ugandans.

Electricity Regulatory Authority
A regulatory agency, Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), was established in 2000, to oversee and guide the activities and operations of a liberalized power sector. The main functions of ERA are to provide licensing of the activities in the electricity industry, setting tariff structure, developing and enforcing the industry’s performance standards, and consumer protection.

The authority ensures that the utility operators in the power sector deliver their services in the most efficient manner and in accordance with best business practices in order to protect consumers’ interest of getting affordable and good quality service.

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